British foreign volunteer from Afrin warns for Ghouta-like massacre in Afrin, calls for no-fly zone

by Wladimir van Wilgenburg    


British YPG fighter Jamie Janson in a video released on Monday called the world to immediately act in Afrin. Otherwise, the situation could end up as East Ghouta, with already hundreds of civilians being killed and injured, he said.

He began his appeal with a commemoration of his friend Servan, who fell in the battle of Afrin. 
"Şervan was forced to abandon that fight on the brink of victory when we heard that Turkey had invaded Afrin and we rushed to the defence of its people. Like all the other brave women and men lying here, Şervan has given his life to protect the people of Afrin." he said

“Now Erdoğan's forces, headed by proxy militias, many of them recruited from his closest ally, Islamic State, are nearly at the gates of Afrin City,” Janson continued.

Janson warned of a potential humanitarian disaster, which could leave people internally displaced within Afrin, and would result from the complicity of Western powers. 

“The humanitarian disaster he has unleashed is about to get a lot worse in a city packed with refugees with nowhere to run. Everyday, Turkish jets, supplied by America, bomb the city, as Erdoğan tries to terrorise its people into surrender. Soon, tanks supplied by Germany will be on these hills overlooking the city.,” he added 

“If the world stands by and continues to do nothing, the devastation you are seeing in Eastern Ghouta today, will be Afrin City tomorrow,” he concluded. 

Janson believes that the only option left for the people of Afrin is humanitarian intervention, in the form of an enforced no-fly zone

“We ask the world for two things: an immediate no-fly zone over Afrin to end the bombing and destruction of civilian lives, and we ask you to end the collaboration and tacit support for Erdoğan's crimes against humanity. Stop selling Turkey the weapons it us now using on the people of Afrin.,” he said 

“We in Britain know only too well the awful consequences of illegal invasions of other countries. It is the supreme war crime, as judged at the Nuremberg Trials after World War 2. We protested against the illegal invasion of Iraq 15 years ago, a crime that caused untold suffering and lead directly to the rise of Islamic State. Today, we again resist another illegal invasion,” he stated.

“Please don't abandon the people of Afrin. Please don't let the death of Şervan, and all our other friends lying here, have been in vain,” he concluded.